The hamlet of Notgrove lies on the top of the Cotswolds in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Mentioned in the Doomsday Book, the Notgrove Estate is now a family farm of around 1500 acres. Set in some spectacular countryside it includes 400 acres of unspoilt pasture mostly in steep sided dry valleys, interspersed with mixed woodland copses. This land is primarily used for sheep whilst cereals are cultivated on the remainder. There are around 32 Cotswold stone cottages in the quiet and picturesque village, which is typical of the area.
The Estate is managed by Harry and Diana Acland. They are both passionate about conservation, wild birds and animals. To support these they have entered into a conservation scheme which promotes the preservation of our natural wildlife and birds. In particular Skylarks, Corn Bunting, Grey Partridge and Lawping. We have also seen a great improvement in the Hare and Hedgehog populations.
As well as conservation, we are also doing our best on the Estate to help the environment with a wide range of schemes including recycling bins for holiday guests, electric vehicles for our housekeeping and maintenance teams and solar panels for electricity. You can read about all the things we are doing on our Environment Credentials page.
Whilst staying at Notgrove Holidays, guests are free to use the permissive paths as per the map in the guest handbook, as are the residents of the village. All other visitors are welcome to walk or ride their horse/pony on the permissive paths but must apply and pay for an annual license prior to doing so. Licenses run from 1st September to 31st August each year, and are £12 per walker and £24 per rider. All dogs must be kept under control at all times and always on a lead when in the vicinity of wildlife or livestock. To apply for a license, please email email@example.com.
Harry and Diana Acland are also great supporters of the local community, especially local entrepreneurs who are wanting to start up or expand their own business. In the last couple of years, Notgrove Estate has been able to help all of the following business start up or grow here at Notgrove:
Quad Quest – Start-up business for electric quad bike adventures
Phoenix Rose Beauty – Set-up an onsite beauty treatment room
Badgerwood Adventures – New forest school
Nuttery Cafe – Under new management
Barn Theatre – Annual open-air theatre weekend
Rural Skills – New location for their traditional skills courses including hedge-laying and drystone walling
Robinson Mobile Mechanic – garage and workshop for car servicing and repairs
If you are interested in opening a business that would benefit Notgrove Estate, please do get in touch by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
Here in an area bounded by Bath, Oxford and Stratford-upon-Avon you’ll find some of the finest landscape in England. Cotswold towns and villages such as Burford, Bibury and Bourton-on-the-Water are world famous and remain largely unchanged since their creation in medieval England centuries ago. This was when the wealth of the wool trade left its mark in the high quality stone buildings for which the area is renowned.
Notgrove itself lies in the heart of the Cotswolds, only 4 miles from Northleach, famed for its magnificent church of St Peter and St Paul which is claimed to be the “Cathedral of the Cotswolds”. Nearby, the Windrush River flows through the centre of Bourton-on-the-Water, creating a very picturesque village scene.
At nearly 800ft, Stow-on-the-Wold is the highest of the Cotswold towns and is famous as a centre for antiques. The Roman Fosse Way from Cirencester to Leicester passes through it and it probably dates from a prehistoric fortified settlement on top of the hill.
Should you decide to stay for a few days in one of our holiday cottages you will find plenty of places to visit and sites to enjoy, in these market towns or quiet villages and hamlets. If you would like to book a cottage please click here